Last week I flew from Sydney to Narrabri, a town of about 7, 500 people about 600 kms northwest of Sydney. The plane was a Dash-8. Today all Dash-8 Series 400s were grounded for mechanical checks after one had an emergency landing in Lithuania due to a faulty landing gear, and one crashed in Denmark a few days ago.
In the next couple of days I'll show you some of the Northwest plains from the air. This shot is amazingly green - crops planted after some great winter rains. Unfortunatley, 71% of NSW is drought-declared, and there hasn't been anything by way of follow-up rain, so many crops are threatened.